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We are very pleased to be a big part in the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training this week in Chillicothe. The Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services (CDES) is hosting the location for around 25 public safety employees to attend the 40 hour training program. There are several officers from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), Chillicothe Police, CDES, Probation and Parole, Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Trenton Police, Grundy County Sheriff's Office and several other area agencies attending the course.
CIT training gives officers a significant amount of education and training in de-escalation, intervention in suicidal persons, youth issues, aging matters, mental health interventions, helping with all types of disorders and addictions, and many other areas of need. CIT gives officers a great deal of insight on not only working with people in our community but helping them in the best ways possible. CIT program builds relations in our communities, reduces crime, and helps to minimize other problems for people and their families.
Chief Deputy Michael Claypole heads the CIT program for the LCSO and has monthly meetings with other CIT officers including Deputy/School Resource Officer Mike Lewis, area agencies and organizations such as mental health.
We are proud of the CIT program and that after this week long course most of our staff will have attended the initial course.
Sheriff Steve Cox